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Cruise the Heart of Europe: Explore the Rhine, Main and Danube

Enjoy a fifteen day cruise aboard one of our elegant floating hotels. When you book a Riviera Travel River Cruise, our dedicated English-speaking crew’s first priority is first-class customer service; ensuring your comfort and access to amenities, room service and extra information.

Enjoy a front-row seat to popular sites, from the preserved city of Bamberg to the impressive Benedictine Abbey in Melk. Embark on a series of guided tours hosted by knowledgeable guides who can clue you in on even the rarest of facts along this Main River Cruise.

On slower days, sit back and relax to live music and/or scenic views, particularly as we travel through the renowned Rhine Gorge. Make use of our ships’ public amenities, including our bistro with open kitchen, bar, souvenir shop and sun deck.

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  • Cruise Line: Riviera Travel
  • Ship: MS Emily Brontë + 2 more
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Departure: Sep - Oct
£4,149 pp
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Cruise the Heart of Europe Cruise Prices

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Cruise Name
Cruise Line
Duration
Price
2nd Sep
Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest
Riviera Travel
14 nights
Price on Request
Departure
Cruise Name
Cruise Line
Duration
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23rd Apr
Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest
Riviera Travel
14 nights
From £4,149 pp
Departure
Cruise Name
Cruise Line
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Price
2nd Sep
Cruise the Heart of Europe - Cologne to Budapest
Riviera Travel
14 nights
Price on Request

Cruise the Heart of Europe: Explore the Rhine, Main and Danube Cruise Itinerary

Cruise through Europe on the adventure of a lifetime, taking you past some of the most coveted tourist attractions. Enjoy a gander through stunning cathedrals, imposing castles, bustling marketplaces, extensive vineyards and preserved medieval villages on this fifteen-day stay aboard our magnificent floating hotel.

Day 1

Cologne (EMBARK)

Arrive in Cologne and transfer onto your ship.

Day 2

Koblenz & Boppard

This morning, view the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress as we pay a visit to the historic Koblenz. Enjoy a guided walk around the Old Town.

Enjoy an afternoon stop at the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ for a guided tour. Enjoy site-seeing the fourth-century fortress, the St Severin Church and the picturesque marketplace.

Day 3

Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

Today we cruise past the ancient castle ruins, rocky outcrops and twisting bends of Rhine Gorge, with an opportunity to spot the famous Lorelei Rock.

Next, we call at Rüdesheim, a wine town situated in the centre of many vineyards. Enjoy a guided tour through the heart of the Old Town, visiting the Klunkhardshof and the Brömserhof.

Day 4

Mainz

Wander the crooked streets of the Old Town, discovering half-timbered houses, Roman Catholic Monuments and a bustling market. Pay a visit to the Romanesque St Martin’s Cathedral, Saint Stephen’s Church and the largest amphitheatre in the alps.

Day 5

Miltenberg & Wertheim

Embark on our walking tour to view one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval villages, including visits to the ‘Snhnatterloch’ and the former Waaghaus.

Day 6

Würzburg

Explore on foot, passing medieval towns, lofty castles and grand palaces including the magnificent Residenz, one of Europe’s finest Baroque palaces.

Day 7

Bamberg

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most outstandingly preserved small towns in Europe. Enjoy the cathedral, town hall, network of canals and the former fisherman’s houses titled “Little Venice”.

Day 8

Nuremberg

Enjoy a fascinating guided tour taking in the city’s many historic buildings – including the Kaiserburg Castle, Craftsman’s Court, Church of Saint Lawrence and the Market Square.

Day 9

Regensburg

Take in the sights on our guided tour. View wealthy merchants’ houses, the Old Town Hall or take a stroll along the iconic stone bridge and pay a visit to the Altes Rathaus.

Day 10

Passau

Explore the ‘Three Rivers City’ on our guided tour, enjoy a view of the overlooking Veste Oberhaus, explore the Old Town and pay a visit to Saint Stephen’s Cathedral.

Day 11

Melk

Enjoy the Benedictine Abbey, castle-turned monastery and Melk’s main attraction.. In the afternoon, we cruise through Wachau Valley accompanied by a quartet of classical museums.

Day 12

Vienna

Bask in the glory of this elegant imperial city; enjoy a guided tour paying a visit to Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, the Hofburg Palace and the Spanish Riding Cool.

Day 13

Bratislava

Explore the former Old Town Hall, now a museum dedicated to the city’s history, the 9th-century castle or the neoclassical Primatial Palace with its hall of mirrors and 17th-century English tapestries.

Day 14

Budapest

Embark on a tour of the main sights; including the iconic Parliament Building. Wander past Turkish baths, palatial buildings and Baroque Churches all overlooked by the city’s castle.

Day 15

Return Home (DISEMBARK)

Bid farewell to your friendly crew before beginning your journey home.

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14 Nights
Sep Oct

Cruise the Heart of Europe: Explore the Rhine, Main and Danube

  • Cologne
  • Koblenz & Boppard
  • Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim
  • Mainz
  • Miltenberg & Wertheim
  • Würzburg
  • Bamberg
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg
  • Passau
  • Melk
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Return Home (DISEMBARK)
£4,149 pp Est. Price per person

Cruise the Heart of Europe: Explore the Rhine, Main and Danube Cruise Review

“Well worth the price; a good itinerary and lovely accommodation. We loved the structure of the trips and the free time was perfect. This holiday was something my husband always wanted to do and we felt our trip was personalised by our knowledgeable guides who made excellent recommendations which we chose to take on board. We loved the holiday from start to finish.”

Bernadette Jackson, Newcastle

Cruise the Heart of Europe: Explore the Rhine, Main and Danube FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

How many ship options are there?

Depending on when you book, you may enjoy a stay aboard either the MS Emily Bronte, MS Geoffrey Chauncer and MS Oscar Wilde.

Is coach travel included in the price?

Airport transfers and travel to/from the port of embarkation are included in the price.

Are any UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the itinerary?

On day 7, we explore Bamberg, a preserved a small town and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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